By Dave Crawley

STRIP DISTRICT (KDKA) — Heinz History Center President Andy Masich, flanked by a military honor guard, addressed a crowd on the museum’s main floor.

He oversaw the unfolding of a flag measuring 20-by-36-feet – part of the opening ceremony for a special week.

“Some have served in our armed forces. Those are the people we honor today,” he added.

Dozens of visitors held the edges of the flag as it slowly unfolded then folded again. It was a slow process.

The hands-on ceremony will be repeated each day at 12:30 p.m. through Friday and on all of those days, veterans and military personnel will be admitted free.

They will also see an exhibit called “Stars and Stripes: An American Story.”

The exhibit features hundreds of red white and blue mementoes – a fragment of the flag that flew over Fort McHenry, MD, during a British bombardment in 1814.

The famous flag led Francis Scott Key to pen the Star Spangled Banner.

The “Stars and Stripes” exhibit continues through June 17th.

Heinz History Center: Stars and Stripes

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